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Crans Montana looking to attract corporate golfing groups
January 30, 2012

Perched high above the Rhone Valley set against the dramatic backdrop of the mighty Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, the Swiss Alpine resort is accustomed to shining on the world golfing map. Crans Montana plays host to the Omega World European Masters which takes place each year at the beginning of September. Keen to build on its reputation for delivering world class events, the resort is hoping to capture the imagination of UK based meeting and incentive travel planners that are placing events with an emphasis on golf.

Golf has long been cultivated in the resort. The first club - the legendary Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club (carrying the name of Severiano Ballesteros) presided over by Gaston Barras opened in 1905 and was the scene of many large scale events. It hosted the first aeronautical meetings on a national level with the Swiss army in the 1920's before making way for the first Swiss Golf Open in 1939 - the future European Masters which has brought together some of the most illustrious players on earth; Jack Nicklaus, Dallemagne, Angelini, Van Donck, Ballesteros, Miller, Faldo and Ernie Els to name but a few.

In addition to the 18-hole Severino Ballesteros course the resort also boasts a 9-hole Jack Nicklaus course, a 9-hole Noas course and the Super Crans 9-hole. The Noas and the Super Crans open to players of all levels. Additionally within a thirty minute drive by car are three additional 18-hole courses in Sierre, Sion and Leuk with yet more courses located across the Valais region.

In February 2011, the Crans-sur-Sierre golf club unveiled the first European golf training centre at high-altitude which is recognised by the European Tour and open year-round. The centre specialises in bio-mechanics and is staffed by a team of trained professionals to help golfers of any level wishing to improve.

Short flying times from the UK, plentiful accommodation - more than 1,200 rooms, and flexibility in creating indoor and outdoor programmes for groups of up to 400 people from a plethora of thrilling alpine activities make the resort an incentive organiser's paradise.

Luxurious new hotel products such as the Hotel Guarda Golf and Le Crans Hotel & Spa epitomize the essence of luxury and indulgence. Both feature meeting facilities and their own in-house spas and are ideal for small corporate meetings or incentive groups. Alternatively sumptuous new chalet products such as Chalet Seven and Crans Luxury Lodges with their own on-site meeting facilities, spa, wine cellar and private chef allow smaller groups to combine business and pleasure.

Indoors Le Regent Congress Centre offers 17 modern meeting rooms holding up to 1,200 attendees - its layout providing solutions for events of different natures and sizes and most lit with natural daylight.

Crans Montana is a feel good resort, effortlessly elegant, combining friendliness and a laid back atmosphere with a reputation for world class service and the destination of choice for meeting planners seeking a winter or summer Alpine resort with the added thrill of world-class golf.








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